The Academy announced their nominees for the 2019 Oscars a few days ago and, just like every year, it has everyone talking. Again, this award show is dogged by controversy like fired hosts and disgraced directors, but mostly people seem to be smiling because stories about women and people of colour are dominating the top categories. Straightaway, NetBet had their odds available for anyone wanting a little flutter.
Roma – 10/11
Green Book – 15/4
A Star Is Born – 6/1
The Favourite – 17/2
BlacKkKlansmen – 11/1
Bohemian Rhapsody – 16/1
Black Panther – 30/1
Vice – 40/1
Christian Bale (Vice) – 11/10
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) – 11/10
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) – 11/2
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) – 18/1
Willen Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate) – 40/1
Glenn Close (The Wife) – 2/5
Olivia Colman (The Favourite) – 15/4
Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) – 9/2
Yalitza Aparicio (Roma) – 25/1
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) – 28/1
Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) – 1/10
Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansmen) – 15/4
Adam McKay (Vice) – 9/2
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite) – 28/1
Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War) – 28/1
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali (Green Book) – 2/5
Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) – 15/4
Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born) – 6/1
Sam Rockwell (Vice) – 20/1
Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansmen) – 20/1
Best Supporting Actress
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) – 1/2
Amy Adams (Vice) – 9/5
Emma Stone (The Favourite) – 16/1
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) – 18/1
Marina Tavira (Roma) – 25/1
A conspicuous absentee is Mary Queen of Scots, a recent release with a lot of hype, perfect Oscar bait, with only a Best Costume nomination for the historical drama. The Destroyer, a vehicle for Nicole Kidman’s acting range, also surprised many with no nods this year. Maybe they were released just a little too close to the start of Awards season.
While that’s the surprise snubs this year, the frontrunners are also being hotly discussed. The favourites, according to NetBet and the critics, are Roma and Green Book for Best Picture, with The Favourite, A Star Is Born, and Vice also doing well across the top categories. The Favourite, while it may not sweep the awards with wins this year, is notable for a staggering ten nominations and all three of the lead actresses receiving nominations across two categories.
You may want to plump for who we think are going to be the winners on 25th February… but then again… it’s not a guarantee. Last year might be a testament to the predictability of the Academy (read last year’s blog and see that every single one of our predictions came true) but the memory of the Moonlight/La La Land mix-up from two years ago is still very fresh. No one doubted the mistakenly announced La La Land to the point that two acceptance speeches were made, that’s how sure we were they would win Best Picture. So, go with your gut. Or don’t. Who knows what the Academy are thinking?!
There’s sure to be plenty more rumours and gossip leading up to the awards themselves in February so until then you can feed your Oscar hunger with our As Seen On TV range. We even have a slot that features the first ever posthumous Academy Award winner. Spin with James Dean and relive all of his highlights from his great, but short, acting career.